ENGL BC3135 Laughing: Wit and Humor in the Renaissance. 3 points.

Not offered during 2019-20 academic year.

USED TO BE 3137 SEC. 2: NUMBERING HAS CHANGED, NOT CONTENT. An examination of the varieties of wit and humor in the European Renaissance, with an emphasis on England. How was wit imagined? What were its benefits? How did laughter affect the body? Why is sex funny? How does wit relate to cruelty? Authors include Arentino, Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, Louise Labé, Thomas More, Philip Sidney, John Harrington (inventor of the water closet), John Donne, Aphra Behn, and some joke collections.